During the inaugural conference of the Arm TechCon 2019 in San Jose, California, Dipti Vachani, senior vice president of automotive at Arm, announced the creation of an impressive group of companies that will be known as the ‘Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium’ (AVCC), whose objective will be to create standards to boost the development of the autonomous car.
The AVCC is made up of Arm, General Motors, Nvidia, Denso, Toyota, Bosch, Continental and NXP. Those who will join forces to share technology and ensure that all the developments created by each one are compatible with the rest and work well together. That is to say, this will prevent everyone from developing on their own without taking into account compatibility with other platforms.
It’s like the ‘Dream Team’ of the autonomous car
Arm Holdings, the British chip technology company that is now owned by Japanese SoftBank, is joining forces with major companies focused on the development of autonomous driving systems, with the aim of establishing common rules and platforms for autonomous cars. This is the first major effort of this kind that focuses on accelerating the development of this technology.
Speaking to Reuters, Chet Babla, Arm’s automotive vice president, mentioned:
“I just returned from travel in the United States and China and I had the opportunity to travel in four different types of autonomous vehicles. They were large prototype platforms to test the software, but when I asked to see the electronics that feed these vehicles, they were literally huge in the trunk. We have a long way to go. “
And it is that another of the objectives of AVCC is to educate the size and the quantity of components that an autonomous car needs to circulate in the streets. Babla estimates that increasing the number of chips in vehicles can reduce up to one tenth or less of what is in current systems.
AVCC will collaborate on issues such as security, protection, information technology and software. Since no company can do all this alone, according to Arm. It will seek to optimize workloads in both CPU and GPU, as well as the incorporation of new image processors and machine learning.
As they explain, AVCC will be an independent group financed by the contributions of the members of the companies that join, since the consortium is open to new companies that wish to join. An important point is that AVCC affirms that all the work carried out jointly within the group will not be exclusive and will be open to any interested company, regardless of whether it is not part of AVCC.
AVCC’s first task will be to create a common computer architecture, which will make it easier for automobile companies to develop software that works on chips from different manufacturers. Something similar to what is happening today with Windows-based software that is compatible with Intel or AMD chips.